OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 855

AN ACT CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS TO THE FARM WINE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

SUMMARY:

This bill increases the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council membership, from 10 to 13, and changes who appoints them. Under current law, there are five ex officio members, and the agriculture commissioner appoints the other five, who must be involved in the wine production industry. The bill eliminates the commissioner's appointing authority, and instead has the governor appoint two members, and the Senate president, House speaker, and Senate and House majority and minority leaders each appoint one (totaling eight).

The bill requires all eight appointed members to be involved in the wine production industry, but it does not specify what aspect of the industry. Under current law, three of the appointed members must be involved in making wine and two must be growers.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2009

BACKGROUND

Ex Officio Members

By law, the Agriculture and Economic and Community Development commissioners, the University of Connecticut's dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the directors of the Storrs and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment stations, or their respective designees, are the other five Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council members.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

31

Nay

0

(03/18/2009)